Writing Retreat in San Diego

San Diego Writing Retreat

Spend a weekend near the beach writing and learning three-act structure. Writers of all genres welcome, but we will focus on writing better scenes for fiction and memoir writers.

The retreat will take place at a private residence in Carlsbad, CA, a beautiful beachside town in North County San Diego. You can book a nearby hotel for the weekend (see the link, below).

  • Get words on the page
  • Learn to write better scenes through writing exercises
  • Learn the biggest mistakes I see in manuscripts
  • Make new writing friends
  • Get personal feedback on a scene or short story, up to 10 pages that you submit in advance
  • Personal attention – limited to 8 attendees

Schedule for Retreat:

Friday Evening Reception, 6:30 pm (Optional)

  • Reception from 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • Location TBA in Carlsbad, CA
  • I’ve made the reception optional in case you don’t want to arrive on a Friday.

Saturday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

  • 9:00 am – 11:30 am – Get words on the page through writing exercises designed to improve your scene work.
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Personal writing time.
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch break (lunch is not provided but there are lots of local options or you can bring a lunch).
  • 01:00 pm – 02:00 pm: 3-Act Structure lecture (future retreats will have different topics)
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Get words on the page through writing exercises designed to improve your scene work and Q & A

Sunday 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am: Get words on the page through writing exercises designed to improve your scene work.
  • 10:30 am – 1:30 pm: Personal writing time and one-on-one 30-minute meetings to get feedback on your writing.

Local Information

To find out what’s happening this weekend and to find hotels nearby, visit: https://visitcarlsbad.com/events/. Carlsbad offers a variety of hotels and rates. Carlsbad has easy train access to many locations in San Diego including Downtown San Diego.


Workshop Location Type Instructor Date Start Time Length Cost Register Here
Weekend Writing Retreat in Carlsbad, CA San Diego > Carlsbad, CA Retreat Nicole Criona Wknd 11/08/19 – 11/10/19 See page for details See page for details $295 Register Here
Weekend Writing Retreat in Carlsbad, CA San Diego > Carlsbad, CA Retreat Nicole Criona Wknd 01/24/20 – 01/26/20 See page for details See page for details $395 Register Here